THE PILOT // TAKE 87 - LITTLE BRITAIN vs JAM

Its the best of British today. No, not the TV pilots we discuss in this week’s show. I’m talking about myself and Rob. We hardy boys are taking on the unenviable task of finding the greatest Pilot episode of all time as we think it is key to working out the best TV show of all time! We have watched over 170 TV shows and STILL haven’t found it! Could it be this week?

First up is Little Britain, which is incredibly popular yes…. but is it any good? One of us seems to think so! Then we have Jam and as you may know, its a little surreal. Will this be up either of our streets or did it duck down an alley never to return? Find out on the latest episode of the Pilot!

@jedshepherd & @theerobjelly

THE PILOT // TAKE 86 - THE MARVELOUS MRS MAISEL vs KIDDING

Back for a new year and we haven’t let up for a second! After the happy new year/how have you been stuff, we get cracking on another fight to the death between two streaming giants. First up is the multi-award winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel which is pitched against the underdog Kidding (starring Jim Carrey!).

Knowing what you know about us, have a guess now which one you think will get the highest score. Go on. Got it? WRONG.

Let us know what you thought if the episode and if you have any suggestions, please get in touch on twitter @jedshepherd and @thejellyman.

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THE PILOT // TAKE 2019 - TOP 50 COUNTDOWN

HELLO 2019!

We start the year by giving you a full rundown of the best Pilot episodes we have covered since episode 1 with an epic 50 tv show pilot rundown! This is the perfect place to catch up with what we have been doing (the Lord’s work) and a great place for newcomers to jump in.

We plan to have another 52 episodes of The Pilot this year, so join us on this adventure beyond compare. Hope you have a great 2019 from Jed (me!) and Rob (not me!).

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THE PILOT // TAKE 84 - SOUTH PARK (MR HANKEY THE XMAS POO) vs GAVIN & STACEY (XMAS SPECIAL)

Its the first of our XMAS specials. TWO brilliant Xmas themed episodes, pitched against each other to see which one is the best Xmas special! Up first we have the crude, rude but entertaining dude, South Park’s 1st Xmas special, ‘Mr Hankey the Xmas Poo’. Up against the poo-smeared festive frivolity comes a rather more down to earth, kitchen sink comedy Gavin & Stacey. The Xmas special to be exact and it’s Jed’s first time watching anything remotely G&S so its interesting to dive straight in on a special.

See which one wins and then come back next week for another XMAS episode! Catch us @jedshepherd and @theejellyman on twitter and let us know which shows you want us to cover!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 83 - THE OUTER LIMITS (1995) vs THE OUTER LIMITS (1963)

This week Jed & Rob take from the inner mind to… The Outer Limits! Not just once, but twice! Yes thats right, this week we take a look at the 60s version of the popular anthology show, against the fancy-pants 90s version. Will the original bear the greatest pilot episode, or will 30 more years of knowledge make the more recent version come out top?

Find out this week on The Pilot!

let us know what you think and any ideas of pilot episodes to watch @jedshepherd and @theejellyman

THE PILOT // TAKE 82 - M*A*S*H vs THAT 70S SHOW

We’ve discussed this phenomena before. The phenomena of being forced to watch a TV show against your will for the sole purpose of entertaining others. The swedish would probably have a very specific word for it. The germans would probably use that word in every day conversation. In english we don’t have that word, but what we do have is a podcast that embodies the very soul of that word. The Pilot!

This week we watch one of the most watched TV shows of all time, MASH, which is a 70s show set in the 50s. And after that we watch That 70s Show which is a 90s show set in the 70s. Got that? Good! Both extremely popular, but which one has the better pilot episode? Stay tuned to find out!

let us know what you think and to suggest new shows @jedshepherd and @theejellyman on twitter.

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THE PILOT // TAKE 81 - THE KILLING vs OZARK

 

This week Jed and Rob dive into the murky world of murder and intrigue, but enough about their personal lives, they also have two pilot episodes to chat about! Ozark is that Netflix TV show that they REALLY want you to watch so it must be good right?  You might be browsing Japanese animations and all of a sudden you’ll hear a trailer for Ozark starting. Thanks Netflix genie! (I assume a genie runs everything). Up against Ozark we have the equally as popular The Killing (US) with its cosy-winter style tv-noir that set the world on fire back in 2011.

 

But which one is good enough to reach the top of the Pilot charts? Find out in this week’s episode! You can let us know what you think and what shows you want us to do in the future by hitting us up on twitter @jedshepherd & @theejellyman.

 

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THE PILOT // TAKE 80 - FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER vs THE ROYALE FAMILY

Every week we try our darn best to come up with a theme, no matter how loose. We have had weeks where both TV pilots are spooky, or where both shows are set in a police station, and I suspect there will come a time where we both suggest TV shows that have magic dogs. While I’m googling “TV Shows With Magic Dogs”, let me tell you about this week’s theme! It’s DINNER! One show has a classic sit down meal at a table - and comedy ensues, while the other eat their dinner around the TV!

but which method of ingesting food with your family = the best ever pilot? Tune in and find out!

DONT FORGET TO CHECK BELOW FOR THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF WHAT MAKES A PERFECT PILOT AND ALSO AN UP TO DATE LEAGUE TABLE.

The Pilot - League Table


Planet Earth (19)

The A-Team (19)

Cowboy Bebop (19)

Stephen Spielberg’s Amazing Stories (19)

Sesame Street (18.5)

Lost (18.5)

The Office (UK) (18.5)

Breaking Bad (18.5)

Sopranos (18.5)

Treasure Hunt (18.5)

The Haunting of Hill House (18.5)

The Walking Dead (18)

The Good Place (18)

Westworld (18)

Battlestar Galactica (18)

Halt! And Catch Fire (18)

Dawson’s Creek (18)

Dungeons & Dragons (18)

Mr.Bean (18)

Stranger Things (17.5)

X-Files (17.5)

Downton Abbey (17.5)

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (17.5)

24 (17.5)

Crystal Maze (17.5)

RuPaul’s Drag Race (17.5)

Bodyguard (17.5)

Daredevil (17)

Sherlock (17)

Orange Is The New Black (17)

The Young Ones (17)

The Simpsons (17)

Blindspot (17)

Luther (17)

Twilight Zone (17)

The Prisoner (17)

Hill Street Blues (17)

Fraggle Rock (17)

Animaniacs (17)

Jessica Jones (17)

People Just Do Nothing (17)

Taskmaster (17)

Flash Forward (17)

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (17)

Royal Family (17)

American Gods (16.5)

Knight Rider (16.5)

Black Books (16.5)

Gotham (16.5)

Billions (16.5)

Fringe (16.5)

Columbo (16.5)

American Horror Story (16.5)

Black Mirror (16.5)

Arrested Development (16.5)

Atlanta (16.5)

The Flash (16)

Oz (16)

Seinfeld (16)

Homeland (16)

The Crown (16)

Garth Marengie’s Dark Place (16)

Six Feet Under (16)

Grey’s Anatomy (16)

Blackadder (16)

Line Of Duty (16)

Mad Men (15.5)

Star Trek (15.5)

Porridge (15.5)

GLOW (15.5)

Green Wing (15.5)

South Park (15.5)

The Americans (15.5)

Rainbow (15.5)

Krypton (15.5)

Friday Night Dinner (15.5)

Cheers (15)

Knowing Me, Knowing You (15)

Hard Knocks (15)

The Exorcist (15)

Mork & Mindy (15)

Marvels Agents of Shield (15)

The Flintstones (15)

Beverley Hills 90210 (15)

Modern Family (15)

Allo Allo (15)

Timeless (15)

Disenchantment (15)

End of the Fing World (15)

Series of Unfortunate Events (14.5)

Attack On Titan (14.5)

Bottom (14.5)

Family Guy (14.5)

Peaky Blinders (14.5)

Ren & Stimpy (14.5)

Bojack Horseman (14.5)

Scrubs (14.5)

True Detective (14.5)

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (14.5)

Jonathan Creek (14.5)

Murder In Successville (14.5)

Luke Cage (14.5)

Big Little Lies (14.5)

Tom & Jerry (14.5)

Dr.Who (reboot) (14.5)

Man v Food (14.5)

W1A (14)

Supergirl (14)

Red Dwarf (14)

Baywatch (14)

Dr.Who (14)

curb your enthusiasm (14)

Deadwood (14)

Chocky (14)

Saved By The Bell (13.5)

The Jetsons (13.5)

Murder, She Wrote (13.5)

Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (13.5)

Scrapheap Challenge (13.5)

The Office (US) (13)

Twin Peaks (13)

House (13)

Only Fools & Horses (13)

The Wire (13)

Futurama (13)

Smallville (13)

GBBO (12.5)

Pugwall (12.5)

CSI: Las Vegas (12.5)

QI (12.5)

Sharp Objects (12.5)

Round The Twist (12.5)

The IT Crowd (12)

Friends (12)

Everybody Loves Raymond (12)

MacGyver (12)

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (12)

Robot Wars (12)

Betty Boop (12)

The Avengers (11)

Heat Vision & Jack (11)

Happy Days (11)

Archer (10)

Dad’s Army (9.5)

Quantum Leap (9)

Primeval (9)

Peep Show (8)

Snatch (7)

Big Bang Theory (5)



The 10 Pilot Commandments

  1. Do you want to watch episode 2??

  2. Does it have a memorable theme tune?? (mentions the title of the show)

  3. Does it introduce you to a new character/journey??

  4. Would you pause for a piss??

  5. Do you feel emotionally connected (love or hate) with one or more of the characters??

  6. Would you recommend it??

  7. Is there a mic drop??

  8. Does it defy expectations??

  9. Has it aged well??

  10. Is the hype real??

@jedshepherd @theejellyman

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THE PILOT // TAKE 79 - MAN v FOOD vs SCRAPHEAP CHALLENGE

We all love a challenge. Opening coffee jars when a loved one can’t quite do it. Answering that one crossword conundrum that’s been perplexing a friend all day. Creating a hovercraft out of rubbish and then racing it around a track for TV. Well that last one isn’t so common, but does appear on one of this week’s TV pilots!

This week we have Man V Food vs Scrapheap Challenge and theyre just two of the most surprisingly enjoyable shows out there… but are they good enough to reach the dizzy heights of our chart and prove itself to be the best ever pilot?

Find out on this week’s episode of THE PILOT!

@jedshepherd @theejellyman

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THE PILOT // TAKE 78 - THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD vs ROUND THE TWIST

Sometimes watching these pilot episodes can be a chore. We had to watch the pilot episode of Snatch. SNATCH! Im surprised we didn’t stop the podcast there. Im glad we didn’t though as we would never gave revisited the pilot episode of Round The Twist! Will an Aussie kids show stand up after all these years? More importantly how will it fare against a brand new show in The End of The F****ing World? Well, you don’t need to worry you weirdo, you can find out right now by clicking play!

Get in touch and let us know what you want us to pitch against each other by going to twitter and clicking on @jedshepherd and @theejellyman.

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THE PILOT // TAKE 77 - THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE vs THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA

Happy Halloween!

This episode we look to our darkest sides. In Rob’s case he looks over the picnic table in POST/POP HQ at Jed who is always lurking in the shadows. Its ying and yang but at this time of year, The Pilot Podcast is all about the sweet sweet yang! Two of Netflix’s most popular shows right now happen to be of the horror kind.

The Haunting of Hill House against The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina… which one of these very popular new shows will rise to the top of the Pilot league table and which one will live in that weirdo zone around the 14 mark? Tune in and find out!

Let us know what you think on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman!

THE PILOT // TAKE 76 - RANDALL & HOPKIRK (DECEASED) vs CHOCKY

Is there anything as eerie as a child talking to himself and then suddenly stopping when their mother walks into the room? GET OUT OF THE HOUSE MOTHER, YOUR CHILD IS POSSESSED. What if that said child, wasnt a child at all but a detective whose partner had just died? What if you walked in on him talking to himself and he told you it was alright, it was just his dead partner telling him what to do. GET OUT OF THE POLICE STATION MOTHER, YOUR DETECTIVE IS POSSESSED.

If you hadn’t quite twigged, these are the almost exact storylines of each of our pilots. Listen to the episode to find out more!

@jedshepherd & @theejellyman

THE PILOT // TAKE 75 - PRIMEVAL vs DOCTOR WHO ft. EMMA WEBB

The Crown’s Emma Webb is back on the podcast because if you cast your mind back to that episode, she told us that she wanted back in if we ever did the reboot of Doctor Who. We are mean of our words and we say alot of them in this week’s podcast! Christopher Ecclestone’s Doctor is not without his flaws but his first appearance is as good as any across myriad seasons. On the other hand we have Primeval which tries its best to evoke that same time-travel sense of wonder, but you will have to listen to the ep to find out if we think it pulled it off.

Its always great to have Emma back, so enjoy the episode and remember, DON’T POO IN THE PORTAL.

@jedshepherd @theejellyman @emmalouisewebb3

THE PILOT // TAKE 74 - BETTY BOOP vs TOM & JERRY

Talking about TV shows that have runtime of an hour is too easy. 30 mins? Simple. Coming up with an hour podcast when you are talking about shows approx 5 mins each? A challenge! Jed brings Betty Boop to the table and that table may get eaten, inspired by the crazy shenanigans in the episode. Rob brings Tom & Jerry into the mix and you can’t get any more classic than that. Will it be enough to challenge though? Is this whole podcast just one bug cat and mouse game? Find out in this week’s instalment of THE PILOT!

@theejellyman @jedshepherd

THE PILOT // TAKE 73 - BODYGUARD vs LINE OF DUTY

This week we discuss two shows written by someone called Jed. No, not your friendly neighbourhood co-host Jed Shepherd, but Jed Mercurio! Both shows have been critically (and publicly) acclaimed with awards aplenty, but will either of them win the most important award of all…. the award of BEST PILOT EPISODE EVER?

Ooh its a close one in this episode… could one of these shows reach number one in our pilot chart? Find out if you listen to another lovely episode of The Pilot!

@thejellyman @jedshepherd

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THE PILOT // TAKE 72 - Sharp Objects v Big Little Lies

A slightly longer episode than usual as Jed & Rob catch up after a couple of weeks away… not that you noticed as the episodes still dropped on time! After using his first 10 score last episode, this week has big shoes to fill. Will Sharp Objects or Big Little Lies, with their superstar-filled casts even come close? Find out on this new episode of THE PILOT!

@theejellyman and @jedshepherd on twitter.

THE PILOT // TAKE 71 - DISENCHANTMENT vs AMAZING STORIES

No spoilers, but this turned out to be a pretty historic episode in all the right ways. Up first we have the new animation from Simpsons creator Matt Groening. Should be decent right? Well that is what Rob is counting on! Jed bring Stephen Spielberg’s Amazing Stories to the table and the table has never been the same since. You know when you get wobbly legs when you get excited? Well imagine a table doing that and jelly going everywhere. Rob AND the foodstuff.

Hope you enjoy this week’s episode and you can always tell us if you did or not on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 69 - KRYPTON vs SMALLVILLE

Welcome to another episode of The Pilot and this week we go all SUPER with a double bill of all things Superman. First up we have the new series Krypton which, like Gotham is Batman without Batman, this is Superman without Superman. Its about everything that leads up to the existence of Superman. Does that make for a good pilot though?

That is pitched against the E4 (UK Channel!) stalwart, the ever-present Smallville! Now I don't know if you guys remember the pilot of Smallville but its more brutal than any of us remember it. You literally see a bunch of people exploding! But is that enough to warrant a top place on our Pilot Episode leaderboard? Listen to this week's episode to find out!

You can find Jed @jedshepherd on twitter and Rob @theehellyman. Say nice things!

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